Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 2:14 that our lives are the perfume of God to the world: "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place."
Some of the characteristics of perfume I discovered as I researched my new gift help us understand aspects of the fragrant life.
- Commercial perfumes come from a multitude of sources: barks, flowers and blossoms, fruits, roots, seeds, animal glands...
- A perfume unfolds in stages. Its first impression is called its top or head note. When that fades the middle or heart note becomes prominent. Finally its base note is established, becoming the scent that lingers the longest.
This brings to mind the fact that the perfume of Christ pervades all our interactions from casual to intimate. Its fragrance should be evident in first encounters with people behind us at Starbucks and those we do business with on the phone. It should blossom in our relationships with people who know us better like neighbours, and friends. In fact, it should be the very stamp of our character so that even those we live with—spouse and children—will know its lingering fragrance.
- The same perfume doesn't smell the same on every person. When perfume molecules come in contact with the unique chemical makeup of our skin, they react and unfold differently.
- When putting on perfume, the advice is to apply it to pulse points. That's because perfume's fragrance strengthens as it's warmed. When our pulse increases due to exertion, excitement, or stress the scent spreads more efficiently.
- Another tip for perfume application is to spray it into the room and enter its mist in order to be enshrouded by scent.
- Finally, we all know that wearing perfume is forbidden in many places. That's because some people are allergic to perfume scents and actually experience physical dis-ease when in their presence.
How are we doing as spreaders of the perfume of Jesus? Is this world a sweeter place because of our presence?
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